By Liam Morgan

Takewondo Kuala Lumpur will host a para-taekwondo instructor seminar on January 22 and 23 ©Global Para Taekwondo ConsultancyTaekwondo Kuala Lumpur (TKL) is set to host an International Para-Taekwondo Instructor Seminar, which will be led by Canada-based coach Michael Sirota, on January 22 and 23.

The event, to be held in partnership with Sirota's Global Para-Taekwondo Consultancy, is supported by the Malaysian Ministry of Youth and Sports, International Clubs Taekwondo Organisation and Taekwondo Kuala Lumpur.

A key theme of the session will be to advise those in attendance of how Para-taekwondo can be promoted and marketed, and what the future holds for a sport that continues to grow in popularity.

During the two-day seminar, attendees will be taught various disciplines, including teaching methodologies, as well as advice on how to start a successful Para-taekwondo programme within schools.

A comprehensive review of the various disabilities involved with Para-taekwondo is also set to take place in order to give participants a clearer idea of how the disabilities are classified.

Sirota will lead various sessions during the event including practical teaching as well as giving advice on how to promote the sport ©TKL/WTFSirota will lead various sessions during the event including practical teaching as well as giving advice on how to promote the sport ©TKL/WTF

The issue of acquiring funding for any new Para-taekwondo programme will be discussed, and attendees can obtain information on how to become an internationally certified instructor, in order to drive recruitment to deal with the sport's recent expansion.

Last year, the 5th World Takewondo Federation Para-Taekwondo Championships took place in Moscow in June, and it was announced in March 2014 that the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Governing Board was to put para-taekwondo on the short list for inclusion on the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic program.

Course facilitator Sirota has a rich history in the sport and he is the chief executive of the World Para-Taekwondo Instructors Association.

In the past he has offered his expertise to the WTF and various National Taekwondo Associations; conducting seminars and presentations in Canada, United States, Aruba, Costa Rica, Scotland, Ireland and South Korea.

All are welcome and those interested can register here.

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